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There’s An App For That

23 Jul

I’ve got to be honest, sometimes the last thing I want to do is plan out our dinners and make a grocery list. It’s a double edged sword – on one hand planning out two weeks at a time means I don’t have to think about it again for a long time. But on the other hand, it also means it’s a bigger endeavor when I do sit down to do it. Luckily I’ve recently discovered a couple different apps that help me make it all more manageable. The one I use the most is called Wunderlist and it is a real life saver. It allows me to create tons of different lists that I can share with Michael. What makes this different than most list sharing devices is that either of us can update it at any time and it will automatically synch on our iPads, iPhones, and desktop. I keep a running list of ideas for dinners, as the week goes on I just keep adding to it. Usually when it’s time to put the next two week’s worth of dinners together I’ve got a decent list going already. I’ve also currently got a grocery list, a Costco list and a Target list – all of which Michael and I update whenever we pick anything up at the store. Another great app that I discovered is Evernote. Evernote allows me to capture webpages of things that interest me for access anytime. It’s the 21st Century equivalent of clipping articles out of the newspaper.  If I see a recipe on a blog that piques my curiosity or an article that I think is helpful but I don’t have time to read it right away I “clip” it to Evernote for later. And of course I have the WordPress app too – which not only let’s me edit and post here but also let’s me read all the blogs I follow in one easy place.
Anyway, I definitely used both of these for putting together this latest installment of meals, but I’m always on the look out for more useful apps and websites for organizing and planning. Anyone have any other suggestions to share?

P.S. If you’ve noticed we’re a little short on dinners this time around – it’s because a certain little man is turning 5 this week so we’ll be doing lots of celebrating out with him!

1. One pot salmon with snap peas and rice
A Real Simple recipe I’m looking forward to making – especially as I love anything “one pot”.

2. Kale with chicken sausage and white beans over mashed potatoes
This is easy and quick and delish.

3. Pasta with tuna and ricotta cheese
I have to admit, I think this sounds a little weird but her recipes have never steered me wrong.

4. Baked chicken tenders with steamed asparagus and Onion Soup Potatoes
These potatoes are so easy to make and make a really yummy side dish that requires only three ingredients.

5. Greek turkey picadillo over rice
A favorite with the kids and grown ups.  Plus, I have olives and capers burning a hole in my pocket.

6. Slow cooker Asian-style pork tenderloin with jasmine rice and roasted green beans
We like lean pork tenderloin for a change from turkey and chicken. This is just a new spin on it.

7. Slow cooker Thai lettuce wraps
I love lettuce wraps so I’m going to give these from the queen of slow cooking a try.  But I think I’ll add carrots and water chestnuts towards the end of the cooking time to give them a little crunch.


When Dinner for Two Becomes Dinner for Four

10 Feb

So Valentine’s Day is at hand! Have you made fancy dinner reservations yet? Bought something pretty to wear? Ordered flowers, champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries? Me neither. Valentine’s Day on a Tuesday with small children means it is pretty much the same as any other day – work, kids, dinner, sleep. Now, if I did have a sudden wealth of free time (and no little mouths to feed), I would probably make something fancy and romantic like these individual beef wellingtons with maybe a potato, mushroom, and gruyere gratin. I’ve actually made both these recipes before, but for a single large, traditional wellington and they are delicious so if you have the time, go for it. As it is, I will be making 9 regular old meals in the next two weeks (just 9?? Yes – we will be heading up to balmy Rochester, NY to visit friends and thus I am off the hook for Friday!). I do have a little special dessert I’ll make for V-day and if I have time this week I think I may make these rice krispy treats to send in with B & K for their classmates. But otherwise, it’s the same old, same old . . .

Monday, February 13, 2012

Baked Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw and Black Beans and Rice

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 – Valentine’s Day

Not-so-romantic Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin over Rice and Angel Food Cake Trifle

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cheeseburger Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Take Out!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

One Pot Pierogies and Kielbasa

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Baked Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Turkey Chili with Cornbread

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Italian Pot Pie with Broccoli & Cheese Patties

Friday, February 24, 2012

Turkey Stroganoff

There you go. Two more weeks of dinner that I don’t have to think about. Let me know what you think of the recipes and share your own menus and ideas below!

Beans, beans, and more beans

27 Jan

K wakes up in the morning asking for rice and beans. Seriously, this kid would happily eat nothing but for every meal. The rest of us prefer a little more variety in our diets, but the next two weeks’ dinners are fairly bean heavy. While Michael prefers only black beans, the rest of us are happy with black beans, pinto beans, great northern, kidney – you name it. The great thing about beans too is that they’re super healthy, super cheap, and if you use canned, super convenient. And since there are so many varieties, there is bound to be one kind even the pickiest eater will like (cough, cough, Michael with his black beans). Since I tweak a lot of recipes, I’ve linked most of these to my own version but tried to include the original inspiration on there somewhere. Some others I’ve just linked directly to the original as its good and easy enough without any changes. So with that in mind, I give you the next two weeks of family dinners!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Tilapia baked in couscous with roasted broccoli

Update: I made this tonight and it was a huge hit. Both boys loved the fish and I thought the couscous was really fantastic – I used smoked sundried tomatoes and it went really well with the spices. This will definitely be added to the rotation – B has already asked that I make it again.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Slow Cooker Eggplant Moussaka

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Spaghetti and Muffin Tin Meatballs with Spinach Balls

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Martha Stewart’s Chickpea and Apple Curry over Rice

Friday, February 3, 2012

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos with Black Beans and Rice

Monday, February 6, 2012

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Shepherd’s Pie

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sasauge and Great Northern Bean Casserole

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Persian Jujeh (Chicken) Kabob with Tomatoes, Onions, and Rice

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rachael Ray’s Fiesta Chicken Bake

Dinners: Two Weeks at a Time

17 Jan

Okay, so some of you have noticed the crazy dry erase board in my kitchen. You know the one – it sits on the counter and lists the dinners we’re going to have for the next two weeks. And some of you have been kind enough to express (feign?) interest and some have even asked me to email you the meals to help with your meal planning. And so here is my little blog, TwoWeeksataTime, in which I will post the dinners that I’m making for the next, you guessed it, two weeks. Of course, I only plan out 10 meals (sometimes one or two more) because I figure Saturdays and Sundays are crazy enough that we can just wing it. Also, I’ll try and make sure I link all the recipes to the appropriate source, but you should know that I really don’t pay much attention to recipes. They’re more like a starting point for me. I substitute, I add/delete, and pretty much do whatever it takes to make it something healthy (we don’t do red meat and rarely do pork), well-balanced (if there is nothing green in a dish I will find some way to add something green or red to it), and palatable for me and my boys. Also I usually make things to feed at least 6 as I need to pack lunch for me and the kids every day (Michael is on his own at lunchtime). But this way, I don’t have to think about what to make every day, I can do two large grocery trips a month, with only a couple runs to the store for more milk and fruit. I can work around our ridiculous schedules and don’t have to resort to eating plain spaghetti every night because I forgot to defrost the ground turkey and we didn’t think to buy more sauce. This isn’t exactly the type of meals that would make Martha Stewart proud, but they work for us (plus I can save those meals up for company!) It also means that if you ask me on Monday what I’ll be eating the following Thursday, I’ll know. And now, you will too.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Pot Pie

This is an adaptation of Rachael Ray’s Buffalo BBQ Pulled Chicken with Blue Cheese Cornbread Topper but I made it with blue cheese mashed potatoes instead of cornbread because for some unknown reason K and B don’t like corn bread. I really like RR’s recipes though – true, they aren’t high cuisine and they’re not exactly the stuff I would make for company, but they’re from scratch, can be modified to be healthy, and she’s true to her word, because they are quick.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Crockpot Chicken ala King

Parent Teacher Conferences for B tonight which means just one thing: Crock Pot. I changed this around a bit so its chicken breasts, onion, celery, portabella mushrooms, cream of celery, poultry seasoning, garlic, and 3/4 cup of skim milk on high for 4 hours in the crockpot. Add peas about 20 minutes before serving on top of rice or oven biscuits. I generally try and stay away from processed foods but every once in a while I’ll use Campbell’s 99% fat free cream of mushroom or cream of celery. It just makes life easier and its not that bad for you.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Turkey Picadillo

This is so VERY VERY GOOD. I mean it. I make it with orange and yellow bell peppers, double the black beans and skip the raisins (too raisin-y for me) but otherwise stick to the recipe and it is delish. I serve it over rice although apparently it can be eaten on buns too. Seriously, make this.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chicken and Rice Casserole

We do a lot of chicken in our house. And because K typically refuses to eat pasta, we eat a lot of rice. Luckily this woman has a lot of great recipes. Seriously – check out her website. I have yet to find a bad recipe on there.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Crockpot Sloppy Joes

Michael is in charge as I head up to the Poconos for a weekend away with some girlfriends (yay!) and so I leave him with the easiest dinner in the world. Ground turkey, sloppy joe sauce, I usually add a can of diced tomatoes and maybe sneak in a red pepper. Serve with baked fries and edamame.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tuna Puttanesca

A lot of Rachael Ray recipes this week – I tend to go through phases. This one is especially good because a) the boys love it as it has olives and capers in it and b) it can be made entirely with things out of the pantry, yet still tastes really fresh. I don’t use tuna packed in oil, mainly because I’m too lazy and its easier to buy fresh water tuna, and I probably double (or triple) the amount of capers and olives. Oh and we serve it with spaghetti as that is the only pasta K seems to eat.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Greek Chicken over Orzo with Roasted Broccoli

Okay, so the Greek chicken is really this recipe from Real Simple, except I’m going to make it with grape tomatoes instead of zucchini (although I’ve had it with zucchini too and its wonderful). And then for a side I’m making Roasted Broccoli, which if you haven’t done this yet, get to it. It also works really well for Cauliflower and for Asparagus. Such an easy way to make really yummy, really fresh vegetables.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Moroccan Chicken over Couscous

Another Rachael Ray recipe. I do this without the nuts as the boys can’t take nuts to school. And you’ll notice more olives – which they love – but really I try and do dishes with the same ingredients so I don’t have to buy a big jar of olives for one recipe and then have them go bad (not likely, but still).

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tamale Pie

There are lots of versions of this and you really don’t need to follow a recipe for it but if you need one, this one is nice.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Crock pot Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)

I use half the butter and Lite Coconut Milk to make this a little healthier. And for some reason I always like peas and cauliflower in my curry so I add that when I get home from work just before making the rice. Also, that website is pretty much the go-to place for all things crockpot.

So there you have it. 10 meals for the next two weeks. So if you want to stop by our house for dinner you can pick according to what you’d like to eat!

P.S. Even though I don’t plan for Saturdays, if you’re reading this you are most likely a friend and so I have to mention that Saturday, January 28th is the Polar Bear Plunge! And its not too late to donate!

Hello world!

16 Jan

Hi there!  I have apparently gone completely insane and decided to start a blog on what I’m cooking for dinner every other week.  Its not that I think our dinners are all that interesting but I do know that its helpful for me to find inspiration in what others are making and I’m hoping this will do the same.  Plus, this way if someone asks me what I ate for dinner on January 17, 2012 I can tell them 🙂

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